Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Macau, China, continues to ban nonresident foreign nationals from entering the territory due to coronavirus activity as of May 1.

This alert affects Macau SAR / Zhuhai

This alert began 30 Apr 2020 20:26 GMT and is scheduled to expire 14 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Macau (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and possible business disruptions

Officials in the Macau Special Administrative Region continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory as of May 1 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Only Macau residents and travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China are allowed to enter Macau. However, individuals from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China who have traveled to other countries within 14 days cannot enter Macau.

Individuals arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, are subject to health questionnaires and screenings. Individuals who have visited "high-risk" countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand, within 14 days of arrival undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels. Officials will place returning residents and citizens from mainland China under medical surveillance.

Travel between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge due to transport restrictions in Hong Kong. Thermal scanners are in place at all points of entry into Macau; thermal scanners are also in place at all casinos and many other businesses. While casinos have reopened, additional closures and associated business disruptions are possible. Several airlines have suspended flights at Macau International Airport (MFM); further flight cancellations are highly likely due to decreased demand. Several countries have effectively barred entry by travelers using Macau passports.

Travel restrictions may be modified in the coming days and weeks.

Follow all official instructions. Postpone travel to Macau if impacted by travel restrictions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Delay travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny, immigration delays, or mandatory quarantine. Confirm reservations and business appointments.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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